About Us

The Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research aims to advance the fundamental understanding of how soil microorganisms and plants respond to and in turn shape their abiotic and biotic environment, and what consequences these interactions have for the functioning of the Earth’s ecosystems.

Researchers at TER address pressing environmental issues, such as the impact of climate change on ecosystem functioning and the role of soils in the global carbon cycle and in food security.



Congratulations to Annes-Sophie, Nathalie, and Hana, who successfully defended their MSc thesis between March 11th and 18th 2024. Anne-Sophie Schwenk:...


Congratulations to Dr. Erika Kristel Salas Hernández, who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Identification and quantification of soil...


On International Women's Day, March 8, 2024, Dr. Lucia Fuchslueger from the Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research (TER) at CeMESS, University of...


Yong-Guan Zhu

Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences & Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Lecture Hall HS5, UZA2...

Ivan Janssens

Centre of Excellence of Global Change Ecology, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Lecture Hall HS2, UZA 1

Naoise Nunan

Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences IEES Paris, France

Lecture Hall HS2, UZA 1

 Latest Publications

Cusack DF, Christoffersen B, Smith-Martin CM, Andersen KM, Cordeiro AL, Fleischer K et al. Toward a coordinated understanding of hydro-biogeochemical root functions in tropical forests for application in vegetation models. New Phytologist. 2024 Apr 1;242(2):351-371. Epub 2024 Mar 20. doi: 10.1111/nph.19561

Figueiredo Lugli L, Fuchslueger L, Vallicrosa H, Van Langenhove L, Ranits C, Roc Fernandez Garberi P et al. Contrasting responses of fine root biomass and traits to large-scale nitrogen and phosphorus addition in tropical forests in the Guiana shield. Oikos. 2024 Apr;2024(4):e10412. Epub 2024 Jan 16. doi: 10.1111/oik.10412

Lintner M, Schagerl M, Lintner B, Wanek W, Golen J, Tyszka J et al. Impact of pesticides on marine coral reef foraminifera. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2024 Apr;201:116237. Epub 2024 Mar 8. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2024.116237

Arellano-Caicedo C, Beech JP, Bengtsson M, Ohlsson P, Hammer EC. Quantification of growth and nutrient consumption of bacterial and fungal cultures in microfluidic microhabitat models. STAR Protocols. 2024 Mar 15;5(1):102784. Epub 2023 Dec 15. doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2023.102784